A Little Girl's Moment Of Courage Captured On Camera Is The Reason We Need To Look After Each Other
Terrified and fearful for her future, 11-year-old Nada al-Ahdal fled her family in her hometown in Yemen to stay with her uncle nearby. Why? Well, her incredibly gut-wrenching description of her experience — and that of millions of girls across the world — is too powerful for me to try to put into words. Look into her eyes and let her explain to you herself. At 1:38, she asks a question that the whole of humanity needs to answer.
Thankfully, Nada escaped her forced marriage. In a message sent to NOW , Nada addressed every mother and father seeking to marry off their daughters: "I am a child and I want to realize my dreams. My aunt was forced to get married so she burned herself to death, and I saw pictures of her with burns. Let me realize my dream. I want to go to school, become a star, and help other children. I am not thinking about marriage, I don't want to now. I want to say to fathers and mother, 'let us realize our dreams, do not kill them.'"
UPDATE (8/1/2013): There are claims that this video may have been fabricated for publicity reasons. Read The Majalla's investigative piece on this video , and if you have any additional information, please send it to me and I'll continue to update this post.